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Ten years ago, a solo single by Shane Filan from Westlife would have been an easy number one. If Brian McFadden could do it, then the fans' favourite and lead singer of the band certainly could. Now, after Westlife slowly faded to a split, and Shane faced public embarrassment when he went bankrupt, that success is far from guaranteed. However, you should never underestimate the strength of a boyband fanbase, and Capitol have repositioned Shane wisely as the British answer to Train meets Michael Bublé, or Ed Sheeran without the drug references. Radio 2 listeners should expect to hear a lot of his new single Everything To Me.